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mental health care being delivered within the average city, suburban town setting. prior to that, psychiatric illness had been often put aside in state hospitals in remote districts so nobody saw patients. there were close to 600,000 people in psychiatric hospitals at the peak, which was the early '60s. if that had ever continued that way, when you think of the expansion of the population, we'd probably have 3 million people or so in psychiatric state hospitals today. those were closed for -- not closed, but they were reduced down dramatically and there have been attempts to find other services. they've not been sufficient. >> why were they reduced? just a matter of money or were there other reasons or philosophical reasons why the state hospitals were closed in. >> the feeling was that you could have a more optimistic approach toward people in state hospitals, which i think was accurate. that some people with treatments that were being developed could function on the outside and many, many do. the majority of people with psychiatric problems function on a day-to-day basis like a
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